Victory Screech

UTSA's Michael Egwuagu tackles UTEP's Ryan Metz.
Credit to goutsa.com for the photo
After weeks of turmoil and dismay, the Roadrunners collected their first win of the season. The Roadrunners faced the toughest start to the season to date, facing two top-25 ranked opponents. Suffering losses to teams from two of the premiere conferences in the nation, the PAC-12 and Big-12, the Runners had the worst record to start the season in the history of the program.

Facing sister school UTEP (the University of Texas at El Paso), the first conference game of the season, the Runners' backs were against the wall. Jarveon Williams had 133 yards on 28 carries, Blake Bogenshutz threw for 198 more, and the Roadrunners defeated the Miners 25-6.

As the Runners (1-4, 1-0 Conference USA) defended their goal from a Miner comeback, Nate Gaines was able to snag an interception and cap off the game with a theatrical return for a touchdown by Michael Egwuagu. The ill-advised yet exhilarating play put the Runners firmly in place for the win with only 12 seconds on the clock.

This game also marks the first game the Roadrunners won the turnover battle this season, however the special teams game wasn't nearly as dominant with kicker Daniel Portillo going 1 for 4 in field goals.

The Roadrunners next take on conference favorite Louisiana Tech at home, Saturday October 10th, at 6 pm. It's a fresh start for the UTSA crew as they look to move up the C-USA rankings now that their so-called "preseason" is behind them. Look for more Jarveon Williams bursts and Bogenschutz deep passes now that the comfort of home-field advantage swings firmly in their favor. Fill up the Birdcage and give them the extra support (and wreak some havoc).

Victory Screech
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